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  • Food contractor reports to school board

    The company that feeds your children while they’re at school made an in depth presentation at a recent school board meeting.
    Some of the details of their operation may surprise you.  
    Southwest Food Excellence LLC took over from Summit Food Service about a year ago.
    Based out of Scottsdale Arizona, the company has recently been setting up accounts in New Mexico. Los Alamos was one of the first.
    On hand for the presentation were Ian Tillotson, associate director of regional operations, Chris Odom, regional manager, Sarah Worden, director of compliance, Diane Catlin, vice president of finance and Joe Palmer, director of sales.
    According to Palmer, the company does not specialize in supplying food to any other institution except schools.
    “There are some other companies that work in higher education, there are some that work in prisons and health care, all we do is K through 12,” Parker said, adding that SFE also specializes in providing a fresher and healthier line of food, preferring to go through local distributors whenever possible. He also said they also like to work with school principals on creating special menus for holidays as well as recycling and composting programs.

  • Heart Council health fair attracts large crowd

    The Los Alamos Heart Council 2015 Health Fair was slammed with 500 people early Saturday morning, many of them waiting for the doors to open to receive free flu shots provided by Los Alamos Medical Center and discounted blood tests offered by the Heart Council.
    Board President Philip Gursky estimated that more than 2,000 people attended the fair.
    “There’s been lots of information given out, lots of swag given away. Kids love it,” Gursky said. “This is a great opportunity for somebody to come out and see just about anybody you need to see.”
    This year’s fair had 14 additional booths, bringing the number of participants to 80. Several offered free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, asthma and glaucoma. Practitioners offered free acupuncture and low-level laser pain relief therapy.
    The range of health care businesses and organizations covered the spectrum from Western medicine to holistic health, as well as fitness, senior services, nutrition and mental health.

  • Today in history Sept. 30
  • New Mexico wildlife panel denies federal wolf permit appeal

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A showdown over the Mexican gray wolf left the federal government vowing Tuesday to move ahead with plans to recover the endangered species despite the refusal of state wildlife officials to issue permits allowing for the release of wolves in New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Game Commission denied an appeal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during a packed meeting in Albuquerque.

    The move prompted a chorus of boos from the dozens of people in the audience who were holding signs that read "More wolves, less politics." No public comment on the matter was allowed.

    Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said they were disappointed with the outcome given that delaying releases could compromise the genetics of the wild population in New Mexico and Arizona.

    Sherry Barrett, coordinator of the Mexican wolf recovery program, did not address accusations that politics played a role in the state's decision but said her agency has a duty under federal law to help the species.

    "Our goal is recovery," she said after the meeting. "We still need to move forward with releases of wolves to address the genetic health of the population."

  • Appeals court: No Brady case arguments before February

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court says February will be the earliest it will hear arguments in the NFL's appeal of the lifting of a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" controversy.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that oral arguments could be heard as early as Feb. 1. The NFL and the NFL Players Association had agreed on the expedited timetable. Lawyers will submit written arguments prior to the oral arguments. Typically, a decision is not immediately rendered once arguments occur.

    On Sept. 3, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled that the NFL did not act properly when it suspended Brady for four games after concluding balls were deflated when the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game.

  • Today in history Sept. 29
  • Senate vote propels stopgap spending bill; more votes loom

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to pass a spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this week over the opposition of the most hardline conservative Republicans.

    Tuesday's expected vote comes after a 77-19 tally on Monday easily beat a token filibuster threat. The House is then expected to approve the measure — stripped of a tea party-backed measure to take taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood in exchange for keeping the government open — before Wednesday's midnight deadline.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is under fire from tea party conservatives who demand that he fight harder against Planned Parenthood even at the risk of a government shutdown, but McConnell is more concerned with protecting his 2016 re-election class.

    Last week, Democrats led a filibuster of a Senate stopgap measure that would have "defunded" Planned Parenthood. Eight Republicans did not support that measure, leaving it short of a simple majority, much less the 60 votes required to overcome the filibuster.

    "This bill hardly represents my preferred method for funding the government, but it's now the most viable way forward after Democrats' extreme actions forced our country into this situation," McConnell said Tuesday.

  • Glauber to be at LANL Tuesday

    Dr. Roy Glauber is in New Mexico visiting the University of New Mexico and giving a director’s colloquium Tuesday afternoon at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The director’s colloquium is open only to badgeholders, so this reception will allow non-badgeholders to interact with Dr. Glauber and ask him questions.
    Glauber is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Emeritus at Harvard University.  He shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence.”
    His early childhood was spent with his parents, traversing the Midwest with his traveling salesman father and school-teacher mother.
    Eventually they settled back in New York City, and he attended the Bronx High School of Science.
    He developed an interest in astronomy and built a telescope that he lectured on and displayed at the 1939/1940 World’s Fair.
    In 1943, as a sophomore at Harvard, he was recruited to join the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos as part of the Army’s Special Engineer Detachment (SED).  It was John von Neumann who drove Glauber up the hill to Los Alamos from Santa Fe.  Dr. Glauber worked at Los Alamos for two years on the critical mass and on theoretical aspects of many experiments.  He was in group T-2 of the Theoretical Division led by Hans Bethe.

  • Public Works projects upcoming in Los Alamos

    Note: For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:
    Major roadway and utility work on all streets is now substantially complete. Remaining work including sidewalks and small drainage improvements, landscaping, cleanup and punch list items are scheduled for final completion by mid-October.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:
    The contractor plans to keep 20th Street north of the Deacon Street intersection to the parking lot across from the Teen Center closed through Thursday, Oct. 1. During this time there will be temporary closures and flagging operations on 20th Street to allow the contractor to install concrete collars around the existing manholes and water valves and for permanent stripping to be completed.
    The plan is to have all of the traffic control removed by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 1.

  • LA. wine patron arrested on charge of indecent exposure

    On Sept. 9, police responded to a disturbance call at Unquarked, a wine tasting establishment in Central Park Square. There, they observed Ryan Barnes, 37, outside the business. A talk with the owner revealed that Barnes had allegedly been disruptive while inside Unquarked, and was asked several times to leave.
    When he did leave, he allegedly dropped his pants in full view of the window, exposing his genitals to the store’s owner and the patrons inside the store. Upon making contact with Barnes, police said he was extremely intoxicated.
    Barnes was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He was also trespassed from the business, though Barnes allegedly refused to sign the trespass order.